Accreditation and Middle States
Harrisburg Area Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The most recent Middle State Commission action, on June 21, 2018, was to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of self-study process and report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
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Harrisburg Area Community College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1967. Accreditation is important because:
- It ensures that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality
- Officially accredited institutions can offer eligible students federal student loans and grants
- Only credits from accredited institutions can be transferred to another accredited institution of higher education.
- It provides a means for self-reflection and continuous institutional improvement.
To view HACC's current accreditation status and any upcoming accreditation actions, visit https://www.msche.org.
Middle States conducts ongoing evaluations of accredited colleges to ensure that the institutions are meeting the accreditation standards. The evaluation process is continuous; however, once every eight years it requires a self-examination (Self-Study) which culminates in a four-day campus visit by a team of peer reviewers.